Q. It seems that all my friends are having cataract surgery lately. What can I do to reduce my risk?
Americans are living longer than ever before, and most people who live into their 70s and beyond will develop cataracts at some point. That's why it's important to know the risks and symptoms of cataract, what to do to delay onset, and how to decide when it's time for surgery.
People should get a baseline eye screening exam at age 40, when early signs of disease and vision change may begin to occur, according to the American Academy of Opthalmology. During the visit, the ophthalmologist will explain how often to schedule follow-up exams. People of any age who have symptoms or are at risk for eye disease should make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to establish a care and follow-up plan.